Week 34 in review: Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Zenfone 7/7 Pro leak

Another week is over and done, so let’s look at the top stories. The US patched its ban on Huawei by adding some 38 third-party companies that Huawei used to circumvent some of the restrictions. Thus Huawei effectively is left without access to US-based chips and chip technology and could end up without a chip supplier for its phones.

We spotted renders of what could prove to be the Sony Xperia 5 II. While we’re very eager for a successor to the tiny and powerful Xperia of 2019, this likely isn’t it as the renders look like a miniaturized version of the Xperia 1 II so were likley…

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Top 10 trending phones of week 34

We had no major announcements this week, which allowed the pair of Ultras to retain the top two spots – the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra still ahead of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

The Realme X7 is just around the corner and it appears quite a few a paying attention as it made the top 3 before it made the stage.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro leads the vanilla Note 9 in fourth and fifth as another rumored phone, the Zenfone 7 took sixth in the week leading to its announcement.

The OnePlus Nord has slipped all the way down to seventh, as the veteran that is the Galaxy A51 is now eight.

The Redmi 9…

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Realme X7 first photos appear online and it looks rather unusual

Realme is launching its next lineup on September 1 and we finally have first live photos of the phone. It was revealed by two senior executives – a neat tri-color gradient, with the company’s motto on top, which will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows.

“Dare to Leap” has been Realme’s motto since last year and the company has always been saying that it is implementing this idea when developing its products. While the photos by Xu Qi Chase, CMO at Realme, give us just a glance of what the upcoming X7 smartphone will look like, the Design Director shed some light on the unusual…

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The Asus ROG Phone 3 has a hidden 160Hz display mode

The Asus ROG Phone 3 has a lovely 6.59-inch AMOLED panel with a joint-fastest refresh rate of 144Hz on a phone. It turns out, the panel can run even faster – up to 160Hz to be exact.

The guys over at XDA-Developers found an Android Debug Bridge command that enables the ROG Phone 3’s panel to run at an experimental 160Hz for testing and everyone with basic ADB knowledge can enable it (instructions in the source link below).

XDA has confirmed that the screen does indeed run at 160Hz and that some games, capable of 144fps, being technically fps-unlocked, can run at 160fps. We verified in…

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Another Samsung Galaxy Watch3 fully unboxed in Mystic Bronze ahead of launch event

A new video has been published to YouTube by The Mobile Central which shows us a full unboxing, tour, and pairing process for the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy Watch3. According to the video, a retailer (presumably in the UAE) sold this watch ahead of its release date.

We saw another video starring the Galaxy Watch3 surface just several hours ago, but this one isn’t a spy or leak video, it’s a full-on unboxing and setup.

The Watch3 in this video is a Mystic Bronze 41mm version with model number SM-R850. Around the 1-minute mark, the host speculates the possibility of the…

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vivo S7 render reveals camera design, it is similar to the X50 Pro

The vivo S7 announcement is scheduled for Monday, and today the manufacturer gave us another teaser, revealing the camera setup and one of the colors, and they both look intriguing.

The S7 will sport a similar setup to the vivo X50 Pro – one main cam with a big lens in the upper side of a rectangle setup, accompanied by two auxiliary shooters. The big difference is we don’t see a periscope cam, but the S series leans to the mid-tier price range, so it’s not really a surprise.

The color looks interesting, but it is hardly a surprise anymore – we’ve seen numerous different gradients…

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